A grand gesture by generous Rotarians
Cheques for £1,000 presented to two charities
Dozens of people across Lanarkshire will this week benefit from money raised by the Rotary Club of Rutherglen.
The group, which raises funds for several organisations throughout the year, recently dished out almost £3,000 to support worthy causes.
Cheques for £1,000 were handed over to MND Scotland and The Haven as part of the group’s Community Awards Scheme.
Iain McWhirter, from MND Scotland, came to the club and gave an enlightening talk about the work of the charity, which strives to support people with motor neurone disease.
Similarly, Connie Postlethwaite of The Haven explained to Rotarians that the organisation supports people from across Lanarkshire with lifelimiting illnesses.
They are supported to cope with the physical, emotional and practical aspects of their illness and to enable them to face the future with hope.
People with an illness such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease are among those who have used the Wishaw centre.
Pat Paul, president of the Rotary Club, said: “One of our members has had three people in different parts of their family who have had MND and died from it.
“It’s a cause very close to the family and there have been people involved in The Haven as well so these charities are quite close to us all.
“The money will be used to help continue the work of both charities.”
Pat added: “Normally the community awards are for £250, but because these charities are such worthy causes and so close to our hearts, and because the funds were available, they were each given £1,000.”
Other charitable donations made recently included Marie Curie, driving lessons for a disability group and a contribution to Rotary District Charities all totalling over £700.
Cash boost Iain McWhirter accepted the £1,000 donation on behalf of MND Scotland